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Blue Ridge Folklife

by Ted Olson

In the years immediately preceding the founding of the American nation the Blue Ridge region, which stretches through large sections of Virginia and North Carolina and parts of surrounding states along the Appalachian...


National Myths: Constructed Pasts, Contested Presents

by Gérard Bouchard

National myths are now seriously questioned in a number of societies. In the West, for instance, a number of factors have combined to destabilise the symbolic foundation of nations and collective identities....


God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison

by Daniel Bergner

Never before had Daniel Bergner seen a spectacle as bizarre as the one he had come to watch that Sunday in October. Murderers, rapists, and armed robbers were competing in the annual rodeo at Angola, the grim...


Art, Life, and Nature in Japan

by Masaharu Anesaki & Terence Barrow

The artistic and philosophical heritage of Japan has a special meaning for the modern world. During the present century, Japanese thought and Japanese art have exerted a strong influence on the western mind....


Fire and Water: And Other Hawaiian Legends

by Betty Rice & Barbara Lyons

Fire and Water is the first written collection of stories based on Hawaiian legends told on Maui. It is a classic Hawaiian children's book.The setting for this delightful collection of stories is the volcanoes...


Dancing for Health: Conquering and Preventing Stress

by Judith Lynne Hanna

Dancing for Health explains the cognitive, emotional, and physical dimensions of dance in a spectrum of stress management approaches. Designed for anyone interested in health and healing, this book offers lessons...


Pele and Hiiaka: A Myth from Hawaii

by Nathaniel B. Emerson

Pele and Hiiaka are Hawaii's most spectacular female deities, and this story of their conflict over the mortal Lohi'au stands at the fountainhead of Hawaiian myth, oral tradition, and dance. For centuries, however,...


Long, Long Tales from the Russian North

by Jack V. Haney

This volume of folktales from the Far North of European Russia features seventeen works by five narrators of the Russian tale, all recorded in the twentieth century. The tales, distinguished by their extraordinary...


Italian Superstitions

by Andrea Malossini

We are all superstitious, even those who affirm the opposite. Superstition is natural, it resides in all of us: it represents the human answer to rare, singular, and mysterious phenomena. All that cannot be...


Creating Global Music in Turkey

by Koray Degirmenci

Creating Global Music in Turkey mainly analyzes how the local and global interact in the very place that is defined as the “local” by the global cultural system. It examines the different music traditions...


Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore

by Diane E. Goldstein, Sylvia Ann Grider & Jeannie Banks Thomas

Ghosts and other supernatural phenomena are widely represented throughout modern culture. They can be found in any number of entertainment, commercial, and other contexts, but popular media or commodified representations...


The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend

by Barbara Brodman & James E. Doan

This book presents the vampire as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk character, the literary vampire (such as Dracula), or 20th and 21st-century film versions. Instead, we...


African Traditions in the Study of Religion, Diaspora and Gendered Societies

by Afe Adogame & Ezra Chitando

This book presents a unique multidisciplinary exploration of African traditions in the study of religion, diaspora and gendered societies. Contributors drawn from diverse African and global contexts situate...


Kentucky Folklore

by Gerald Alvey

" Thicker'n fiddlers in hell. Independent as a hog on ice. If a bride makes her own clothes, it's bad luck. It'll snow in May if it thunders in February. How's a hen on a fence like a penny? What's the reddest...


Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances

by Christine L. Garlough

Desi Divas: Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances is the product of five years of field research with progressive activists associated with the School for Indian Languages and Cultures (SILC),...


Celtic Wonder Tales

by Ella Young

From childhood we listen to tales of ghosts, banshees, haunted castles and mischievous sprites. But it is not until you immerse yourself in Gaelic literature that you realise what a heritage awaits, for Celtic...


Maidu Texts

by Franz Boas & Roland B. Dixon

This book has been especially republished to raise funds for the American Indian Education Fund, benefitting the education of Native Americans across the United States of America The Maidu lived in the central...


Tower Legends

by Bertha Palmer Lane & Betha Palmer Lane

The Bible tells of a remote time when men journeyed from the East and found a plain in the land of Shinar. . . . "And they said to one another, 'Come, let us build us a city, and a tower whose top may reach...


Yoruba Legends

by M I Ogumefu

The Yoruba people are descendants from a variety of West African communities. They are united by Geography, History, Religion and most importantly their Language. Many years ago, before African slavery, the...


Legends and Popular Tales of the Basque People

by Mariana Monteiro

This collection of Basque legends, fairy tales, ballads, and popular stories having their origin in the ancient traditions which formed a portion of the sacred inheritance bequeathed to the Basque people by...